YOU SIGNED UP?
Operation InAsMuch is NEXT SATURDAY, March 28……Have
you signed up to help? Sign up
opportunities are on the bulletin board outside
the kitchen. Please be in prayer about how you
can be a part of
this day of community outreach
Operation InAsMuch Needs
Bud vases are needed for Operation InAsMuch. If
you have any, please bring to the church office.
Shower for Teen Mothers needs new or gently used
baby items. We have names of 20 girls that will
participating in the shower for you. All donations
should be dropped off at the church office or
PRAYER CORNER FOR OPERATION INASMUCH
On Saturday, March 28th, teams from First Baptist
Church will be going throughout the community
spread God’s love and to fulfill God’s
command to share the Gospel. Let’s continue
to pray for this
project and ask God for His guidance, provision,
- Pray that God will open our eyes to see those
in need (Acts 8:26-36)
- Pray for wisdom and courage to effectively reach
our community (James 1:5; Romans 11:33)
- Pray that those who can’t physically serve,
unite with us in prayer (Ephesians 6:18)
- Pray for God to work in our hearts to achieve
His purpose in this event. (Acts 13:1-2)
- Pray that God will go ahead of us to prepare
the hearts of those we will contact (Col. 4:2-3)
The OIAM Prayer Team meets each Wednesday evening
from 6:00 – 6:15 in the church library for
Please join us!
Visit the FBC Website and click on the prayer
tab for the weekly OIAM devotional. http://fbcsmithfield.org
Mark Your Calendar for
March 29-April 1
Guest Preacher will be Larry Harper
FBC Youth Group will meet Sunday, March 22 at
6:00 p.m. for Snack Supper followed by Bible Study.
Wallace Spragins, Meganne Hurt, Addison &
Molly Grantham, Hope, Heather & Holly Rabil,
Olivia Stevens, Birttany Talton and Edward &
Allison Woodall are responsible for Snack Supper.
When: May 15 – 17, Cost: $235
Deposit: $135.00 by or before March 29
It’s time to sign-up! Sign up and pay a
deposit from March 15 through March 29!
BEACH RETREAT DATES
Sr. High - April 24 -26 $50 due by or before April
7th & 8th Grade – May 15-16 $50 due
by for before May 3
ALL 3rd thru 6th GRADERS!!!
(must have completed 3rd grade in 2009)
PASSPORTkids! Camp is June 20 – 23 (Sat
– Tues) in Lynchburg, VA. . Sign-up soon,
spaces fill up quick. We have still have space
for 3 boys and 8 girls. Contact the church office
with a $30.00 deposit to hold your space! Total
Cost: $130 Chaperones currently signed up to go
– Shannon Council & Valerie Vann/Male
Chaperones to be announced.
In keeping with our purpose, the Children’s
Safety Committee remains hard at work to “establish
and recommend policies for the safety of our preschool,
children, youth and their volunteers involved
in these ministries of First Baptist Church Smithfield.”
Kathy Hopkins, a BSCNC Consultant, has toured
and evaluated FBC Smithfield’s current ministry
set ups involving newborns to teens. She has met
and shared with us her observations which we will
use to help guide us in our task. We will be issuing
updates on a regular basis to keep everyone informed.
Please continue to be in prayer for our committee
as we work with diligence and commitment in service
to God and our FBC family. If you have any questions
please feel free to contact any of our CSC members:
Michelle Ball (Chairperson), Tommy Cook, Susan
Culbreth, Brad Felts, Jerry Ferguson, John Fox,
Bryan Harris, Bryan House, Margie Littlefield,
Marie Mobley, Leah Thorndyke, June Ward, Renee
FEST AT CHOWAN
Join older adults from all over Eastern NC on
Thursday, March 26 at Chowan University for a
“Senior Fest.” Morning session features
Bill Leslie, WRAL TV anchor, and afternoon features
Ruby Fulbright, Executive Director WMU of NC.
Breakout interest sessions late morning on topics
of interest to older adults, lunch is included.
Cost is $20 (lunch and transportation) Leave church
at 7:30 a.m. (eat breakfast first), arrive back
around 5:30 p.m. Sign up and pay in the church
office NOW (past due).
Mac Stacy (Wake), Joyce Wright (Home), Lucille
Stevens (JMH), Shirley Prevette (Home)
Prayers of Rev. John L. Ryberg
(1969 – 1984)
is now available to order.
Paperback is $10
Hardback is $20.
If you would like a copy of this book, please
place your order with payment in the church office.
to our church today, the fellowship as it were,
that it may be a true and a genuine fellowship
in Christ – not just a group of people self-satisfied
in their selection of each other or looking for
somebody else to receive in a condescending way.
But let this be a fellowship where every man denies
himself in favor of his neighbor, where each of
us, because we would be like Jesus, strives honestly
and sincerely to love his neighbor as himself.”
--Rev. John L. Ryberg
Ryberg always spoke his mind. Not everybody liked
that about him. Not everybody liked what he had
to say. But everybody knew him to be a man of
integrity, a true man of God. That trait is reflected
in the prayers on these pages. His Sunday morning
prayer set the tone for the morning’s worship
and for the message that would soon follow. They,
like his sermons, were provoking, inspiring, often
challenging. He was our pastor from 1960 until
his death, December 13, 1984. For 23 years Mr.
Ryberg challenged us to be ‘intellectually
respectable, socially responsible and spiritually
--William H. Perry
NCBM is offering training April 3 – 4 in
Clinton, NC, and May 1-2 in Greensboro, NC. Basic
training is Friday afternoon until 2:00 p.m. on
Saturday. If you were trained in 2002 or later
you can recertify by attending Saturday from 8:30
a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you are interested,
please go to www.ncmissions.org to register.
There will be an outing for Pastor’s Class
participants on Monday, March 23. We will be going
to Rainbow Lanes in Clayton, leaving the church
at 3:40 and return to the church at approximately
6:30 p.m. The cost is $9 per person (which includes
2 games of bowling, 5 tokens, 1 Himalaya ticket.)
We will have a snack at the church before leaving.
If your child plans to attend this outing, please
complete the permission form sent home this past
Monday and return to the church with the $9.00
the day of the outing, or you may bring it to
the church office any day prior to Monday, March
SENIOR ADULT RALLY
Thursday April 2 is JBA Senior Adult Rally at
Parrish Memorial Church. Morning program, covered
dish lunch. Watch later Visitors for more details.
Congratulations to Michael and Amity Ferguson
on the arrival of their infant daughter, Baker
Field Ferguson. The proud grandparents are Jerry
and Mary Nell Ferguson.
Thank you to our church family for the cards of
sympathy and the friendship shown at the loss
of my sister-in-law. Our church family is very
special to us. Leah and Eddie Thorndyke
you to this wonderful loving church family for
all the support during the illness and death of
Bob McLamb. The countless acts of kindness including
visits, prayers, phone calls and delicious food
meant so much to all of us during these difficult
days. With deep appreciation and love, Vel, Lou
Ann, Beth and our families.
Any high school senior interested in applying
for the John L. Ryberg Memorial Scholarship should
pickup an application from the church office.
The deadline for submitting a completed application
to the church office is Friday, May 8th. If applicants
or their parents have any questions, please contact
Mary Nell Ferguson at 989-8481.
ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
The annual food drive for the Baptist Children’s
Homes will be April 13th and 14th at JCC. We will
collect paper products again this year. So start
collecting. Watch the Visitor for more information
on dates you can begin dropping off supplies at
the church office storage room. If you would like
to make a monetary donation Harold and Carolyn
Tharrington will shop for supplies for you.
IT’S TIME FOR THE
WEEKDAY EARLY EDUCATION
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Weekday Early Education:
2 year olds (DO NOT have to be potty trained),
3 year olds and 4-5 year olds
School Care And Summer Adventures
time to get registered! First Baptist Families
registration is March 19, 20 and 23. If you are
interested in any of these programs for your children,
please register before public registration day
on the 24th. Registration forms may be picked
up in the office or can be downloaded from the
church website at www.fbcsmithfield.org (click
on Education). For more information call Margie
Littlefield (ASC, SA) at 934-1829 and June Ward
(WEE) at 934-9771.
We express our Christian sympathy to Edith Dail
in the recent homegoing of her sister.
“Power to Live By”
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Doug & Glenda Strickland
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WEEK
School Classes for all ages
||Radio Bible Class, taught
by Sylvia Evans, broadcast over 1090 AM
||Morning Worship, broadcast
over 1090 AM
Handbells Rehearsal, end at 6:30
Supper, Fellowship Hall
& Bible Drill
Study, end at 8:00
Devotional at First Presbyterian Church
with guest speaker Rev. Kenny Miller
Afternoon Bible Study, Fellowship Hall
Choirs, Ages 4, Kindergarten: Preschool
V; Grades 1-2, Adult II; Grades 3-6, Music
prayer time, Library, end at 6:15 p.m.
Bible Drill, Fellowship Hall
Fashion Prayer Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Groups for Adults
Friends for ages 2 – grade 6
Mission Trip Prep, Ryberg Hall
* 7:30 P.M.
depart for SeniorFest at Chowan University
end at 12:00 noon
Lunch, end at 5:45
Budget needs per week: $16,462.33
Received as of 03/15/09 $10,512.91
Budget needs Year to Date $181,085.60
Received Year to Date $157,701.92
Received 03/15/09 $350.0